Cheap Ways to Get Fit Without Breaking the Bank
Getting in shape and having an active lifestyle doesn't necessarily mean joining an expensive gym. Here are some great ways to get fit on the cheap that won't leave you out of pocket. After all, shedding the pounds doesn’t have to mean shedding your cash!
Use home exercise equipment
You can get cheap versions of several gym favourites, such as a rowing exerciser, from under £10 and skipping ropes are really cheap and very exhausting!
Freecycle is a veritable treasure trove of affordable exercise equipment to help make your very own home gym – and best of all, it’s free.
Resistance bands are a cheap and simple exercise tool that help tone your upper and lower body, as well as improve your flexibility. It’s also great for modifying familiar exercises and you can easily combine it with other exercise equipment.
Embrace Workout DVDs
They may seem a bit 1980s but there are some great fitness DVDs out there to help you keep fit from the comfort of your own home. You can pick up cheap DVDs from 99p in most pound stores.
Davina McCall has been prolific in this area over the last few years and her workout DVDs have regularly topped the chart year after year.
If you do fancy some retro fitness fun you could always dig out the VHS player and a copy of Mr Motivator’s MOT or Jane Fonda: Prime Time Fit & Strong from the queen of 80s fitness videos.
Use apps to keep you motivated
Sometimes the greatest obstacle to getting out there and exercising (especially when it’s cold) is doing it alone.
Unless you have a regular gym partner, it can be a real challenge to get motivated. An app like Strava - which tracks your friends’ most recent activities and lets you benchmark your times against theirs – ensures you don’t fall back into old habits.
Walk more often
It doesn’t necessarily mean a drastic change in lifestyle. It can be as simple as hopping off the bus or train one stop earlier than usual and working that into your daily routine.
Stairs are a great way to tone your body, so try this two minute routine for great results. Start at the base of your stairs then go to the top taking them two at a time. March back down, then do 20 squats and repeat 5 times. In total you will have done 100 squats and burnt off lots of calories.